Is PAL available for students other than first years?
PAL is only available for first years.
Are PAL sessions compulsory?
PAL sessions are not compulsory but there is a positive correlation between PAL attendance and attainment.
Can my PAL leader proofread my assignment?
PAL Leaders will not proofread assignments, nor will they provide you with the answers to assignment questions. PAL is about helping you develop your own independent learning.
If you need further help with academic skills or content queries it is recommended that you speak with your lecturers or personal tutor, or look to book an appointment with an Academic Skills Adviser who can help you with your writing and learning or maths and statistics questions. (for more information click here)
Do PAL leaders teach academic course content?
No, they facilitate sessions to help you develop your own study skills and make discoveries for yourself.
What do you mean by facilitate sessions?
PAL leaders help to guide you to find answers and to make discoveries for yourself (the basis of independent learning). As a facilitator they work to make the learning process easier for you because they have already ‘been there, done that’. Independent learning is a skillset needed to study at university level, but is one that many first year students can struggle with. PAL sessions are therefore designed to directly and indirectly help you to develop the skills you need to succeed, skills which are needed not just in the first year but throughout your university career and onwards.